Number of children who have started smoking rises by 50,000 in just one year

Number of children under 16 who have started smoking rises by 50,000 in just one yearAbout 207,000 children aged 11 to 15 started to smoke in 2011This is a sharp rise from 157,000 in 2010The figure equates to 567 children taking up the habit each dayCharity urges Government to put all cigarettes in plain standardised packs By Anthony Bond PUBLISHED: 06:46 GMT, 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:38 GMT, 22 March 2013 Worrying: The number of children who have taken up smoking has risen by 50,000 in just one year, research suggests.

Blood stocks running low after festive norovirus outbreak causes shortage of donors

UK blood supplies dangerously low after early norovirus outbreak keeps donors away Stocks of O Negative blood – which can be given to people of different blood groups – are in low supplyNon-attendance by donors increased by 50 per cent just before New Year due to winter vomiting bug By Emily Payne PUBLISHED: 17:58 GMT, 3 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:59 GMT, 3 January 2013 The NHS has made an urgent appeal for O Negative blood donors after the early norovirus outbreak and the festive period caused a drop in donations.

Britain will be "swamped" by TB unless tests to diagnose it are brought into the 21st century, experts warn

Britain will be 'swamped' by TB unless high-risk immigrants are routinely screened, experts warn 9,000 cases of tuberculosis in the UK last year – up 5% on the year beforeImmigrants currently screened using chest X-rayBut experts argue this 100-year-old method only spots people with advanced disease, meaning many with no symptoms are missedCalling for blood test used in the U.S.

Imogen Daly: Mother donates half of her LIVER to save her baby daughter"s life

Mother donates half of her LIVER to save her baby daughter's life after she is diagnosed with rare condition Imogen Daly was diagnosed with a rare, life threatening liver condition called biliary atresia when she was just nine weeks oldLittle girl was on transplant list for five months but began deteriorating Family friend told her mother Charlotte Rogers about living liver transplantsSurgeons took left side of Ms Rogers' liver and transplanted it into ImogenBoth mother and daughter's liver's will re-grow to a full size | UPDATED: 17:40 GMT, 4 December 2012 Like any parent, Charlotte Rogers would do anything for her baby daughter.

One third of junior drugs are not tested on children sparking demand for probe

One third of junior drugs are not tested on children sparking demand for probeOfficial study calls for urgent investigation after 'high number of drug errors'95 per cent of all hospital medicines for babies affected By Jo Macfarlane PUBLISHED: 21:00 GMT, 1 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:00 GMT, 1 September 2012 Untested: A third of medicines for children are not tested on minors Children are being prescribed unlicensed medicines that could be causing harm, a report has warned.

Baby girl dies from whooping cough just days after parents rush her to doctors as cases of the illness soar

Baby girl dies from whooping cough after parents rush her to GP, out-of-hours surgery and hospital, as cases of the illness soar 'Communication was terrible', say grieving parents who are demanding an urgent inquiryReported cases of whooping cough in England and Wales this year are already double what they were in 2011, according to HPA | UPDATED: 11:58 GMT, 1 August 2012 A couple are demanding an urgent inquiry after their five-week-old baby died of whooping cough.

Georgia Davis: Britain’s fattest teenager cut out of her home hadn’t been outdoors for 6 months

How the 63 stone teenager who had to be cut from her home by rescue workers gorged on junk food served up by her mum.Britain’s fattest teenager Georgia Davis, 19, had ‘settled night’ in hospital
It took the 30-strong team almost eight hours to get her to an ambulance.Friends leave messages of support and say she was ‘stressed’ by the ordeal

Diabetes could "bankrupt" the NHS yet most spending is avoidable, say experts

Diabetes could 'bankrupt' the NHS in 20 years yet most spending is avoidable, say experts Four-fifths of NHS diabetes spending goes on treating complicationsNumber of people with diabetes expected to rise from 3.8m to 6.25m by 2035 | UPDATED: 08:31 GMT, 25 April 2012 Diabetes Diabetes will cost the NHS more than a sixth of its entire budget by 2035, a report has warned.